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Spending $370,000 to install artificial turf by the fall at Jupiter High School's athletic field is up for final approval at tonight's council meeting.

"New turf will turn a complete embarrassment of a field into a facility that the community can be proud of," said Councilman Todd Wodraska, a 1989 graduate of Jupiter High who played football on the field.

Boosters raised the same amount to match the town's pledge to tear out the grass field and install the turf at the 2,800-student school on Military Trail, said Ernie Cox, president of Jupiter High School Athletic Boosters.

If approved by the council, the stadium would be called Velocity Community Credit Union Stadium for five years. The naming is in return for the Palm Beach Gardens-based company's $100,000 donation, Cox said.

The new field would allow seven-day availability for football, lacrosse, baseball and other sports for organizations such as the Jupiter Tequesta Athletic Association and Jupiter Christian School, he said.

The new field could attract outside tournaments, which bring revenue to hotels, restaurants and other local businesses, Cox said. The only other county public school with artificial turf is Boca Raton High School. The general contractor for the job is Pittsburgh-based ProGrass.

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June 17, 2014
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